Travis B. wrote:
greg-fr wrote:And of course anglo-saxon(s)(ne)(nes) and Anglo-saxon(s)(ne)(nes) also refer to the real (medieval) Anglo-Saxons...
Travis B. : what does Al diin basis is to us gehören! mean in IG ?
I knew someone'd ask me that at some point. It is basically my realization of "All your base are belong to us!" in Tviskengermaansk (IG), and, just like that off which it is modeled is very bad English, it is not grammatical Tviskengermaansk either. The grammatical Tviskengermaansk equivalent would be "Al diin basissen gehöör to us!", equivalent to "All your bases belong to us!" in English.
Not to boast but I understood the IG meaning of it right away
But it did greatly help that I already knew the context behind it--otherwise I would've been lost. Very clever, Travis! In fact, I award you 20 clever points.
Since this topic seems to be touching on prescriptivism vs. descriptivism, I thought I'd mention a little post I just made at lingcafé. There was a thread there started by a guy wanting to know what "mistakes" native English speakers make so of course it got into the whole prescriptivism discussion. I was one of a few descriptivist stalwarts in the topic but I got tired of arguing to unyielding ears/eyes, so in the end I just decided (mostly in jest) that the title of the thread should really be renamed something having to do with prescriptivism, as that's the prevailing opinion there at this point. Here's a few of the prescriptivist slogans I came up with (more on the real thread):
"Prescriptivism. I don't speak strangely. You do."
"Think Social Darwinism is still a fresh and viable concept? You'll love prescriptivism!"
"Prescriptivism. Arbitrary pickiness and unnatural usage since about 1753"
I don't normally shamelessly promote another forum like this, but I'd really like to see some other linguistics-oriented people's ideas for a slogan/title for the prescriptivist thread. My username is Kirk on that forum (my real name), just so you don't get confused.
the thread. You can either post as a guest or sign up real fast and then post under a username (if you don't have one already). Once again, not to shamelessly draw attention to myself but I'd really like to see what other things people come up with!
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
I eat prescriptivists for breakfast.
maɪ nemz kʰɜ˞kʰ n̩ aɪ laɪk̚ fɨˈnɛ̞ɾɪ̞ks